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Amnesty: Drastic Increase in Allegations of Excessive Force in Turkey

Amnesty International highlighted a “dramatic increase” in allegations of excessive use of force by Turkish security forces in the past year.  It noted that lethal force has routinely been employed during anti-terrorism operations, but that “the absence of effective investigations … Continue reading

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Amnesty’s Annual Report 2015: “Marked Deterioration” of Human Rights in Turkey

In a few short pages, Amnesty International’s 2015 Annual Report detailed a rapidly deteriorating human rights environment in Turkey, particularly after the 2015 parliamentary elections and the outbreak of violence between the Turkish government and Kurdish Workers’ Party (PKK) in … Continue reading

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Amnesty: Turkish Rights Abuses Must Not be Forgotten

When Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu arrived in Netherlands today for one-day talks with his counterpart, Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte, activists from Amnesty International were there to greet him.  Their message was simple: Turkey’s on-going human rights abuses can not … Continue reading

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The Crisis in Cizre continues

Amnesty International today renewed its call for Turkish authorities to allow emergency medical care for injured individuals stranded in a basement in the town of Cizre, where they sought shelter on 23 January amid ongoing clashes between the army and … Continue reading

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Amnesty calls on Turkey to End Abusive Operations

In a briefing and press release today (January 21) , Amnesty International renewed its call to Turkish authorities to “end the indefinite curfews in Kurdish neighbourhoods across east and south-east Turkey.” For several months, Amnesty International has been urging the … Continue reading

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Join Amnesty’s call for Justice in the Murder of Tahir Elci

Abdi Ipekci.  Uğur Mumcu.  Hrant Dink. And then, on November 28 of this year, Tahir Elçi. The murder of journalists and human rights defenders in Turkey has a long and tragic history.  More often than not, the circumstances of the … Continue reading

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On the Arrest of Tahir Elci: Ideas are not “Terror” [Updated 21 October]

According to multiple news sources, an arrest warrant has been issued for Diyarbakır Bar Association head Tahir Elçi over a statement he made last week, saying “the PKK is not a terror organization.”  On Twitter, Emma Sinclair-Webb, Senior Turkey Researcher … Continue reading

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Turkish police again detain foreign journalist

VICE journalist Mohammed Ismael Rasool continues to languish in pre-trial detention under terrorism charges that Amnesty’s Andrew Gardner has described as “unsubstantiated, outrageous and bizarre.”  Meanwhile, we received word today that Dutch journalist Frederike Geerdink has also been detained by Turkish … Continue reading

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Amnesty Issues Urgent Action on Injured Prisoners

The conflict between Turkey and the Kurdish PKK has once again turned ugly, with significant evidence of abuses and, according to the New York Times, more than 800 killed in recent weeks.  For its part, Amnesty International has been working … Continue reading

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Where is the outrage? Another child killed in Eastern Turkey [Updated, January 13]

According to press reports, January 6 witnessed another day of fatal police violence in Cizre, Turkey.  The town has seen repeated clashes between supporters of the PKK and police in recent weeks.  In the violence yesterday, several were injured and … Continue reading

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